The baby name Karl is based on a Germanic element meaning “man” or “freeman” (that is, someone who ranks above a slave, but not as high as a royal or a noble).
Here are a bunch of impressive people named Karl:
- Karl E. von Baer (1792-1876), Prussian-Estonian scientist and explorer. Discovered the mammalian ovum in 1826.
- Karl Benz (1844-1929), German engineer. Built the first automobile powered by an internal-combustion engine in 1885.
- Karl Drais (1785-1851), German inventor. Invented the Laufmaschine, also called the Draisine or dandy horse, in 1817.
- Karl Deisseroth (1971-), American psychiatrist and bioengineer.
- Karl A. Folkers (1906-1997), American biochemist. Helped isolate vitamin B12 in 1948.
- Karl von Frisch (1886-1982), Austrian ethologist. Expert on honey bees.
- Karl Herzfeld (1892-1978), Austrian-American physicist.
- Karl G. Jansky (1905-1950), American physicist and radio engineer. Discovered cosmic radio waves in 1931.
- Karl Landsteiner (1868-1943), Austrian-American biologist and physician. Discovered three of the four major blood groups in 1900. Co-discovered the polio virus in 1908.
- Karl S. Lashley (1890-1958) American psychologist.
- Karl A. Menninger (1893-1990), American psychiatrist.
- Karl L. Nessler (1872-1951) German inventor. Invented the permanent wave in the early 1900s.
- Karl Pearson (1857-1936), English mathematician and statistician.
- Karl Schwarzschild (1873-1916), German astronomer.
- Karl O. Stetter (1941), German microbiologist.
- Karl Terzaghi (1883-1963), Austrian-American civil engineer.
- Karl Terzaghi (1883-1963), Austrian-American civil engineer. Founded soil mechanics.
- Karl Weierstrass (1815-1897), German mathematician.
- Karl Ziegler (1898-1973), German chemist.
Do you know of any other equally cool people named Karl?